|The High Line - Chelsea Segment|
|The High Line - I. Baan, 2009|
|Promenade Plantée - Paris, 1993|
Modeled on, and inspired by, the nearly 3-mile Promenade Plantée, or "Tree-lined walkway," in Paris which was completed in1993 (it begins just east of the Opéra Bastille & winds through to the boulevard Périphérique), the 1-mile long High Line park/promenade was built on & along the north-south RR "bed" of the old West Side spur of the New York Central. An elevated freight line, long in disuse, it was to be demolished by the City of New York; but, instead, after considerable pressure & support by a vocal & involved group of local residents it was determined that the space would become a city park - a recreational structure & cultural site. Today, Friends of the High Line effectively maintains & preserves the public park/promenade as a "non-profit conservancy working with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation."
|Map - The High Line|
We exited The High Line at 23rd & 10th, dipping down (again) to street level via the stairs (as the elevator wasn't in operation), and walked the few blocks to West 21st (our immediate goal) to visit two notable gallery exhibits: Richard Serra's New Sculpture - Inside Out, 2013 (Gagosian Gallery @ 522 West 21st) and Bing Wright's unusual stained-glass photo "montages" (Paula Cooper Gallery @ 521 West 21st).
|Richard Serra - "Inside Out," 2013|
One can also walk around the whole and attain a feel for the massiveness of the "sculpted" project.
|Richard Serra - "Inside Out" Section|
|Bing Wright - BrokenMirror/EveningSky|
If you decide to take that walk on The High Line, in the Chelsea vicinity, consider dropping down to street level, navigate yourself to 521 West 21st, and have a good look: the Bing Wright show runs through January 18th @ Paula Cooper.
Following our "dip" into the art galleries on (and near) West
|Amber - External View|
|Amber - Internal View|
|Shrimp Salad with Spicy Chili Sauce|
We also knocked down two tall glasses of pale ale, an antidote to all that fried rice ... and opted to skip dessert when we found out that their signature crepe item (a dessert praised by other diners) was not available that night.
|Steamed Vegetable Dumplings|
And here, as they say, is where the Mamet-like plot proverbially thickens ... with Frank's anticipated assistance & "payback" from his old friends; with social media apps influencing action & outcomes; with revenge, retribution, and things increasingly more sinister developing which I won't dare reveal here just in case you have the opportunity to see the play when it (again) surfaces, on or off Broadway, or elsewhere.
(Note: A brief fall, early-winter run of Small Engine Repair was extended through December 21st and has now closed.)